Union Island (Frigate Island)

Ocean Gem
Geoff & Eileen Mander
Fri 15 Feb 2013 12:00

Position: 12:34.958N 61:26.305W

Date: Friday 15th February 2013


We left Bequia at around mid morning and headed south down the Grenadines.  These are a group of small islands separated by relatively short distances over a total distance of around 40 miles. It’s a fantastic cruising ground with many beautiful anchorages in bays with turquoise water, white sand and tropical vegetation ashore.  However we were still experiencing quite strong winds with associated swells and so we thought that it may be best to use the good wind to head south and call in at the islands on our way back north in a week or so’s time. That way the anchorages would hopefully be more comfortable.


We had a fantastic sail down to Union Island, the southernmost of the Grenadines. The sun shone, the sea sparkled and the boat ran downwind like it was on rails. We had to stop at Union Island to go through the customs formalities of leaving one country before entering the next country (Grenada). We decided to anchor in a quite large bay on the south of Union Island  behind a small islet called Frigate Island.  It was idyllic, quite sheltered from swells even though there was white water about 50 metres to the south of us around the end of Frigate Island. The water was, well turquoise, and there was a small town just a short dinghy ride to the north of us.